Gracen Brilmyer Wins Sixth Annual Library Juice Paper Contest

October 1, 2018
Sacramento, CA

Library Juice Press is happy to announce the winner of the Sixth Annual Library Juice Paper Contest. Gracen Brilmyer’s paper, titled, “Archival assemblages: applying disability studies’ political/relational model to archival description,” published in Archival Science, was judged by the award jury to be the best paper out of eight submitted in this year’s contest. The award jury consisted of three members who evaluated papers in a blind process. The jury wrote,

“This paper provides a well-researched, clear, and original argument concerning archival power and the experiences of individuals. The author provides a broad overview of models of disability and draws on Kafer’s political/relational model of disability in archival description to bring together feminist disability studies and archival studies. This approach highlights power and surveillance in archival description processes, the multiple perspectives and power structures–or archival assemblages–that inform records creation. While the paper is situated within the context of archival work, it ties into current thinking on disability and the ways that norms and deviance are inscribed in everyday narratives.”

Gracen Brilmyer is a doctoral student in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA.

The award for honorable mention goes to Fobazi Ettarh’s “Vocational Awe and Librarianship: The Lies We Tell Ourselves,” published in In the Library with the Lead Pipe.

The Library Juice Paper Contest winner receives an award of $1000. The intention of this contest is to encourage and reward good work in the field of library and information studies, humanistically understood, through a monetary award and public recognition. Papers submitted may be pending publication, or published (formally or informally) in the year of the award. Any type of paper may be entered as long as it is not a report of an empirical study. Examples of accepted forms would be literature review essays, analytical essays, historical research, and personal essays. The work may include some informal primary research, but may not essentially be the report of an empirical study.

The critera for judgment are:

– Clarity of writing
– Originality of thought
– Sincerity of effort at reaching something true
– Soundness of argumentation (where applicable)
– Relevance to our time and situation

Entries in next year’s award are due August 1st, 2019.

Library Juice Press is an imprint of Litwin Books, LLC specializing in theoretical and practical issues in librarianship from a critical perspective, for an audience of professional librarians and students of library science.

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